My Love of Autumn

Autumn is my favourite time of the year. Not soggy wet Autumn, but crisp, sunny Autumn. When the leaves are golden, the sun is shining and everything feels fresh. Becoming a dog owner has taken my love of this time of the year to a new extreme, Dobby needs walking which sees me going out for Autumnal strolls sometimes 2-3 times a day.

Plus size autumn outfit

I love everything about Autumn. I love the colours, I love the freshness, I love the fashion, I love Halloween and I love bonfire night, the smell of fireworks in the air and the child like feelings that it stirs. Autumn is a time when it really is great to be at one with nature, to feel the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet, to collect pine cones, conkers and chestnuts from the floor.

Plus size autumn outfit

One of my favourite Autumn colours is burgundy, I love burgundy clothing, burgundy lipstick, burgundy everything – I would even have burgundy hair if I wasn’t too lazy to deal with the upkeep! This black & burgundy asymmetric checked shirt ticks all the Autumnal boxes for me. Burgundy, long and flowing and perfect for layering. Teamed with jeggings and lace up boots this is the perfect Autumn outfit for me.

Plus size autumn outfit

Dobby also wanted to get in on the Autumn clothing action with his red tartan coat, and Aria with her Autumnal outfit and chocolate chops!

Plus size autumn outfit

Shop my outfit here :

Black & Burgundy Asymmetric Checked Shirt*

Dark Grey Acid Wash Skinny Jeggings*

Black Lace Up Heeled Platform Ankle Boot With Buckle Detail In TRUE EEE Fit*

*Disclosure –YoursClothing outfit received for inclusion in blog post*  

WIN : A Children’s Christmas Jumper from Not For Ponies – 12 Days of Christmas

If you know me you will know that I love a big of mummy daughter twinning. Subtle twinning or damn right carbon copies, I’m happy with either! When Not for Ponies got in touch asking if I would like to pick something for their site I did a happy dance inside. When I spotted their unicorn sweatshirt and t-shirt I did a happy dance outside! When Not For Ponies offered up a prize for one of my readers I did a big squeal!

Not for ponies review - mummy & daughter twinning

I love the subtly of these matching tops, the twinning isn’t IN YOUR FACE twinning, it’s just a cute little matching unicorn, or unicorn horsey according to Aria. The sizes are true to fit, I ordered a XXL (UK 16-18) and it’s the perfect, baggy sweater that I had hoped for. The kids clothing starts at age 3-4 which is a little big for my teeny tiny almost 3 year old, but tucked in she rocks it, and it’s going to last her a long, long time! They do run a baby wear range but I needed the unicorns and this particular top isn’t available in the baby range.

Not for ponies review - mummy & daughter twinning

Not For Ponies have a fab selection of t-shirts and jumpers including the cutest Christmas range ever. I’m torn between the panda and the pug jumpers, seriously amazing!

Not for ponies review - mummy & daughter twinning

As part of my 12 days of Christmas one of my readers can WIN a children’s Christmas jumper of their choice! As usual entry is easy, simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below – good luck!

Not for ponies review - mummy & daughter twinning

a Rafflecopter giveaway

T&Cs : The winner will be contacted by email, if I receive no reply within one week I will draw another winner. The prize will be fulfilled by Not For Ponies. UK only. Over 16 year olds only. If you claim to have submitted an entry which you haven’t all of your entries will be disqualified. Winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter. 

*Disclosure – I received Not For Ponies clothing in exchange for a feature*

What We Wore : Christening

It’s not very often that we have an excuse to get all dressed up, so when we do we, or at least I, like to really make an effort, assuming that I have time! We were recently invited to a Christening, and so, of course, I trawled the internet in search of the perfect outfit. I ended up at my go to shop, Yours Clothing, which is where I fell in love with this beauty of a dress.

Purple Floral Print Ruched Waist Midi Dress With Wide Split Sleeves*Purple Floral Print Ruched Waist Midi Dress With Wide Split Sleeves from Yours Clothing

When the dress first arrived I wasn’t sure I would like it, the fabric felt as though it would cling to me which is something that I dread. I went ahead and tried it on and instantly realised just how wrong I was, the dress is possibly the most flattering dress EVER in the history of flattering dresses. The dress covers my flabby arms, conceals my mum tie and enhances my waist, add to this the gorgeous colours and pattern and it ticks every box.

With a new dress came new heels which is always a worry as I don’t do heels. I needn’t have worried, the comfort insole in these platform heels* meant that I happily strutted around in them all day right through until the early evening.

family Christening outfits

Needless to say Spencer and Aria also scrubbed up pretty well, Aria wore her Roco clothing dress and shoes and Spencer wore an old blazer from H&M.

Getting ready in the new house was no easy feat. I couldn’t find my hair dryer, my hair straighteners or a nice lipstick, yet somehow we still made it to Church on time!

family Christening outfits

*Disclosure – I received the dress and shoes from YoursClothing in exchange for promotion* 

Chasing the Instagram Dream with Trespass

Developing the perfect instagram account isn’t easy, it takes time, effort and good shoes. Yes, you read that right, if you want the picture perfect instagram account you need to be prepared to climb places that you wouldn’t normally climb, go off the beaten track, therefore good shoes are most definitely an essential.

The Merse Women’s Waking Boots from Trespass* fit the bill perfectly and have become my go to instagram photo hunting footwear of choice. The walking boots are sturdy with a good grip and ankle support, which is very much a requirement when climbing up slippy slope-y hills and climbing over fallen trunks and twigs.

A blog review of women's walking boots from Trespass

Ain’t no tree stopping me with these bad boys on! I discovered the importance of instagram footwear on our most recent photography mission, when we decided to find a bluebell wood and I (stupidly) wore my Vans. We found the bluebells, up the top of a very steep hill. I struggled to get up said steep hill, I slipped and stumbled, at times I bum shuffled because my footwear just was not good enough for where we were. Bum shuffling in a forest is not good, I now have a hole in my trousers, RIP comfy trousers.

bluebell wood in sor brook, Pontypool/Cwmbran

As you can see the bluebells were gorgeous but it was terribly difficult to climb, wearing my new go to instagram trainers would have made this shoot a whole lot easier. Judging by the looks of the above photo I think that Spencer, my (not so) glamorous instagram assistant could also do with a pair of snazzy walking boots like mine.

blog review of trespass merse pink women's walking boots

Watch out instagram – me and my new walking boots are gonna walk all over you!

And if you’re wondering, it was worth it, I got THE shot.

Check out the full range of women’s walking boots available at Trespass here.

*Disclosure – I received the walking boots in exchange for blog coverage*

Mamma Style with JD Williams*
*Disclosure : all items of clothing from JD Williams were gifted in exchange for an honest feature – all thoughts are my own*

I’ve always liked wearing comfy clothes, way before I became a mam my main priority was comfort, I’m a firm believer that comfort is key to a nice outfit. Now that I am a mam this has become even more important. Despite wanting to look nice I also need an outfit that doesn’t restrict.

mamma style with JD williams - autumnal fashion post for a busy mother of a toddler - dress and leggings with brown boots - comfy clothing that doesn't restrict

autumnal outfit post purple floral dress with black leggings and brown boots - mother style-fashion

As  a mother another thing that I have to consider when re-stocking my wardrobe is budget. I’m a typical mother who spends all of her hard earnings on clothing and toys for my daughter, when it comes to me I have to make things last which is why I almost always pick dresses. Dresses are the perfect wardrobe staple for all seasons. In the Summer they can be worn dressed up with bare legs and heels or dressed down with flats. Come Autumn/Winter season throw on a pair of thick black tights or leggings with a nice pair of ankle boots and you have the perfect seasonal outfit. One wardrobe item for all seasons is always a winner.

This particular dress is perfect for me as the elasticated waist line shows off my small waist and the flared skirt hides my mummy tummy, or at least it tries to!

brown-tan-suede boots with tassle and low heels

I will be honest and admit that I don’t do heels, ever. I thought I would be okay with these small heels but I couldn’t wait to chuck my Vans back on!

Do you have a ‘go to’ mamma style?